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Ross County 0-2 Celtic: Leaders six clear in Scottish Premiership after nervy win

Ross County v Celtic
Kyogo Furuhashi’s early goal came in his first start since December after a hamstring injury

Celtic will go into the final Old Firm game of the season six points clear of Rangers in the Scottish Premiership after a nervy win at Ross County.

The league leaders dominated in Dingwall but only had Kyogo Furuhashi’s early goal – his first since December – to show for it until Jota’s late second clinched a precious victory.

The triumph was enough to restore Celtic’s advantage at the summit with just four games remaining, starting with what could be a decisive derby at Celtic Park next Sunday.

Malky Mackay’s obdurate County, meanwhile, stay fifth in their pursuit of a first ever European qualification after what was just their second defeat in seven games.

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Ross County

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameLaidlaw
    Average rating

    6.50

  2. Squad number2Player nameRandall
    Average rating

    5.98

  3. Squad number15Player nameWatson
    Average rating

    5.77

  4. Squad number16Player nameIacovitti
    Average rating

    5.90

  5. Squad number3Player nameVokins
    Average rating

    6.55

  6. Squad number22Player nameTillson
    Average rating

    5.91

  7. Squad number8Player nameCallachan
    Average rating

    5.61

  8. Squad number7Player nameSpittal
    Average rating

    5.81

  9. Squad number6Player namePaton
    Average rating

    5.59

  10. Squad number17Player nameCharles-Cook
    Average rating

    6.14

  11. Squad number26Player nameWhite
    Average rating

    5.94

Substitutes

  1. Squad number4Player nameCancola
    Average rating

    6.90

  2. Squad number10Player nameSamuel
    Average rating

    6.29

  3. Squad number23Player nameHungbo
    Average rating

    6.50

Celtic

Starting XI

  1. Squad number15Player nameHart
    Average rating

    6.59

  2. Squad number56Player nameRalston
    Average rating

    6.48

  3. Squad number20Player nameCarter-Vickers
    Average rating

    6.80

  4. Squad number4Player nameStarfelt
    Average rating

    6.47

  5. Squad number3Player nameTaylor
    Average rating

    6.67

  6. Squad number33Player nameO’Riley
    Average rating

    6.58

  7. Squad number42Player nameMcGregor
    Average rating

    6.73

  8. Squad number41Player nameHatate
    Average rating

    6.56

  9. Squad number17Player nameJota
    Average rating

    7.07

  10. Squad number8Player nameFuruhashi
    Average rating

    7.19

  11. Squad number38Player nameMaeda
    Average rating

    6.64

Substitutes

  1. Squad number7Player nameGiakoumakis
    Average rating

    6.54

  2. Squad number11Player nameAbada
    Average rating

    6.42

  3. Squad number14Player nameTurnbull
    Average rating

    6.37

  4. Squad number18Player nameRogic
    Average rating

    6.41

  5. Squad number49Player nameForrest
    Average rating

    6.43

  • Line-ups
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Line-ups

Ross County

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Laidlaw
  • 2Randall
  • 15Watson
  • 16Iacovitti
  • 3Vokins
  • 22TillsonSubstituted forCancolaat 70′minutes
  • 8CallachanBooked at 5mins
  • 7Spittal
  • 6PatonSubstituted forHungboat 70′minutes
  • 17Charles-CookSubstituted forSamuelat 88′minutes
  • 26WhiteBooked at 42mins

Substitutes

  • 4Cancola
  • 10Samuel
  • 11Sims
  • 18Burroughs
  • 19Ramsay
  • 20Drysdale
  • 21Munro
  • 23Hungbo
  • 24Paton

Celtic

Formation 4-3-3

  • 15Hart
  • 56Ralston
  • 20Carter-Vickers
  • 4Starfelt
  • 3Taylor
  • 33O’RileySubstituted forGiakoumakisat 65′minutes
  • 42McGregor
  • 41HatateSubstituted forTurnbullat 74′minutes
  • 17Neves FilipeSubstituted forForrestat 89′minutes
  • 8FuruhashiSubstituted forAbadaat 64′minutes
  • 38MaedaSubstituted forRogicat 64′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Scales
  • 7Giakoumakis
  • 11Abada
  • 14Turnbull
  • 16McCarthy
  • 18Rogic
  • 29Bain
  • 49Forrest
  • 57Welsh
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
6,698

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home26%
Away74%
Shots
Home6
Away22
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away11
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ross County 0, Celtic 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ross County 0, Celtic 2.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Ross County. Blair Spittal tries a through ball, but David Cancola is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Blair Spittal (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Connor Randall with a cross.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. James Forrest replaces Jota.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Dominic Samuel replaces Regan Charles-Cook.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Ross County 0, Celtic 2. Jota (Celtic) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

  8. Post update

    Giorgos Giakoumakis (Celtic) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Liel Abada.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Turnbull (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Greg Taylor.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Anthony Ralston.

  11. Post update

    Foul by David Turnbull (Celtic).

  12. Post update

    David Cancola (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Ross County. Alex Iacovitti tries a through ball, but Jordan White is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Turnbull (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tomas Rogic.

  15. Post update

    Liel Abada (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jake Vokins (Ross County).

  17. Post update

    Greg Taylor (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Joseph Hungbo (Ross County).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Giorgos Giakoumakis (Celtic).

  20. Post update

    David Cancola (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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